Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC is reportedly considering the purchase of a new mobile operating system, reports Stan Schroeder of Mashable.
"While such a purchase is far from a done deal, the fact that HTC is even considering it is telling," he writes. "Nokia has close ties with Microsoft and its WP7 platform; HP folded its webOS business, and Google recently purchased Motorola Mobility. This leaves HTC — which has grown to be one of the biggest phone manufacturers in the world — exposed and dependent on two mobile operating systems whose owners’ priorities lie elsewhere."
Roger Cheng of CNET News doesn't think it's a good idea for HTC to buy a mobile OS.
"It may be appealing to own both the hardware and software components, crafting a unique HTC experience without influence from outside parties," he writes. "But given the scarcity of options out there and the long-standing dilemma of attracting developers to an unproven platform, it isn't worth the trouble."
Of the available options, Cheng says HP's WebOS failed for a reason (or a number of competitive reasons) and the Linux-based MeeGo "barely registers a blip on anyone's radar," which is why Samsung quickly squashed speculation that it would by either OS.
Cheng argues that HTC should stick to what it knows, which is making hit phones on established platforms, rather than trying to control every detail in a smartphone or tablet. "I hate to break it to you, but you're not Apple," he writes. "And that's not necessarily a bad thing."